OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Sushi-go-round
回転寿司
Decorate anything
デコる
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Sanshin
三線
Mangroves
マングローブ
Awamori
泡盛
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Japan
Dekirukana
Japan
Hakuohki
Japan
(Original)
Thailand
Summer Wars
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Artisans’ Row
あじき路地
Jidai Matsuri
時代祭
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Maiko documentary
舞妓
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Daruma
達磨
Japanese sake
日本酒
ODEN
おでん
RAMEN
ラーメン
URUSHI
漆芸
WASABI
山葵
TABAIMO
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
Nerhol
MANABU IKEDA
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
NOH
IAI
居合
KARATEDO
空手
KENDO
剣道
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
e-Sports
e-Sports
SHOGI
SHOGI